Former Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne will not stand trial for a fourth time in the same rape case, after prosecutors dropped the charges against him.

The 36-year old won an appeal against his convictions earlier this month.

He has faced trial for the same alleged assault three times, with the first ending in a hung jury and the second’s guilty verdict also overturned on appeal.

Hayne has consistently denied he attacked the women-who cannot legally be named-in her bedroom in 2018, arguing the pair had consensual sex.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said it would not pursue the case again, having “carefully considered the many competing factors” and assessing what is in the “public interest”.

As the reason for the decision are legally privileged, they will not be disclosed and the ODPP will not comment further,” the statement added.

Hayne has collectively spent almost two years in jail as the legal saga has unfolded, and his accuser has been forced to give evidence and face lengthy cross-examination multiple times.

When handing down their appeal judgment, both judges who upheld Mr Hayne’s appeal said they believed a fourth trial should not proceed.

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